Serious talk for serious golfers

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The podcast network for serious golfers. TalkinGolf launched as an online audio show way back before podcasts (or even the iPhone) were a thing. We've been on an extended break since 2012 but now we're back and creating new and interesting content each week as well as a sprinkling of some of the best stuff from the archives.

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  • Episode 65: TGH 65: The Blonde Bomber: Craig Wood

    April 6th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 33 mins
    craig wood, greatest player to never win a major, the masters, us open

    Episode #65 is an episode of Warren Rogan's "Sports Forgotten Heroes." Warren, myself and George Petro discuss the life and career of Craig Wood, who prior to winning the first two majors of 1941 was best known for being the Grand Slam Runner-Up Champion.

    A special thanks to Warren Rogan for allowing me to co-release this podcast with Sports Forgotten Heroes. If you love sports and love history, do yourself a favor and make Sports Forgotten Heroes a favorite in your podcast play list.

  • Episode 64: TGH 64: Antiquities of the Game, Young Tom's Putter

    March 25th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 34 mins
    golf history, the open, tom morris, young tom morris

    TalkinGolf History is proud to announce a new series, "Antiquities of the Game," where we explore relics from golf's past and use them to tell the history of the game of golf. This episode includes Jock Hutchinson's 1921 Open Championship Gold Medal and YOUNG TOM MORRIS' PUTTER that he used to win 4 Open Championships in a row. This pivotal moment changed the course of golf history, gave birth to the first ever Gold Medal, the Claret Jug and the Open Rota.

    I am joined on the show by Golf Historian and author of "Monarch of the Green: Young Tom Morris: Pioneer of Modern Golf," the fabulous Stephen Proctor.

  • Episode 63: TGH 63: The Gathering

    March 18th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 45 mins
    donald ross, golf club atlas, golf history, golf. golf design, pinehurst

    TalkinGolf History proudly presents "The Gathering"
    A golf summit of sorts at the Home of America Golf, which brought together the minds behind Golf Club Atlas, the Donald Ross Society, Kyle Franz Golf Design, Story Lounge Film Company and the Society of Golf Historians.

    Warning: Two of our microphones experienced issues so you may experience moments of static to increase the audio output.

  • Episode 62: TGH 62: The Life & Times of Ben Wright

    March 8th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 5 mins
    augusta national, ben wright, golf, golf history, jack nicklaus, the masters

    Episode #61 is the 4th installment of my sitdown interview with Masters Announcer, Ben Wright. In the previous installments Mr. Wright shared some amazing stories with us including- his friendship with Ben Hogan, how he helped put the Beatles on tv for the first time, when Jack Nicklaus shed a tear from a fellow player, how Ben felt that he had jinxed a player at the Masters, how he punched out another player and many many stories that have never previously been shared.

    On this installment Ben shares a few more stories and adds a bit of color to the stories he has shared before.

    It was an absolute pleasure to sit down with broadcasting legend, Ben Wright - I sincerely hope you have enjoyed our time together.

  • Episode 61: TGH 61: Ben Wright & the Beatles???

    March 2nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 24 mins
    beatles, beatles history, golf history, the beatles, the masters

    Episode #61 kicks off #MastersMarch for the TalkinGolf History Podcast. Five podcasts in 5 weeks, in our countdown to the 2021 Masters with stories you won't hear anywhere else.

    What better way to kick off this series than with a story that has nothing to do with golf - or atleast the first 15 minutes of our show has nothing to do with golf. If you are a Beatles Fan listen in for this unknown backstory of how the Beatles made their first tv appearance ever! I hope you Beatles fanatics listen past the first 15 minutes, but if not, you can skip to my outgoing message and a little more color to the story.

    For the golf fans there is plenty of meat for you as well including how Ben Wright may have cost a friend a major championship, CBS's illegal calcutta and Ben's favorite moments from the Masters.

  • Episode 60: TGH 60: The Wonderful Herbert Warren Wind

    February 16th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 25 mins
    golf, golf history, herbert warren wind, usga

    On this episode of the TalkinGolf History Podcast we dive into the profound history of Herbert Warren Wind. Few sports writers in history hold a candle to the great Herbert Warren WInd, and we golfers should cherish the fact that he was on our side.
    If you think you know a lot about the man that the USGA named its highest honor in literature after, think again - his contributions to the game will echo in golf's history.
    Our guests for today's show are Bradley Klein and Stephen Proctor.

  • Episode 59: TGH 59: The Unheralded Pioneer, Ann Gregory

    February 2nd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  31 mins 38 secs
    golf history, lpga, us womens open, usga, usga golf museum

    Ann Gregory won over 300 golf tournaments, she broke the USGA women's color barrier and for 65 years her story has been lost to the masses. Today on our show we are joined by Junior Curator of the USGA Golf Museum, Kylie Garabed who helps shine a light on the amazing career of Ann Gregory, Golf's Unheralded Pioneer.

    On a personal note: The original purpose of this podcast was to share stories with you that you might not hear anywhere else. Ann Gregory passed away in 1990 without the accolades she should have been afforded, let us honor her in death like she should have been honored in life - as a champion, a pioneer and as she might have wished, a golfer.

  • Episode 58: TGH 58: The Golf Club Without a Course

    January 18th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  26 mins 41 secs
    golf architecture, golf history, oakmont, pittsburgh, pittsburgh golf club, usga

    Golf From The Fringe presents "The Golf Club Without a Course."

    The TalkinGolf History introduced the first ever storyline podcast in 2018, when it introduced the Golf From the Fringe series - after a year off, our latest show captures the unique story of the history of the Pittsburgh Golf Club - which includes a runaway bride, a billionaire, the US President, Queen Victoria, the battle between private and public golf, the formation of the Western PA Golf Association, the creation of Oakmont, Fox Chapel and the Pittsburgh Field Club -----all in 26 minutes of run time.

    The soundtrack alone makes this podcast worth listening to, as it follows 60 years of popular music through the duration of our story's timeline.

    Sountrack includes:

    Kevin MacLeod's "Wizardtorium"
    Kevin MacLeod (
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

    Nabucco Va Pensiero circa 1840

    Johann Strauss II, "Roses From A Southern Waltz" perfomed by the Philadelphia Orchestra circa 1880

    Charles B. Ward, "The Band Played On" circa 1895

    Scott Joplin, "Original Rags" circa 1899

    Elizabeth Lennox, In the Gloaming" circa 1910

    Kevin MacLeod, "Atlantean Twilight"
    "Atlantean Twilight"
    Kevin MacLeod (
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

  • Episode 57: TGH 57: Stories of the Game with Ben Wright

    January 4th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 1 min
    augusta national, ben hogan, bobby jones, golf, golf history, golf stories, jack nicklaus, the masters

    History is all about stories and on this episode we get right to the chase in a game I call "Name Assocition." I simply say a name to Ben Wright and then stand back and wait to hear a wonderful story - an often a story I had never heard before.

    Stories on Seve, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ken Venturi, Byron Nelson, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Dan Jenkins, Peter Allis, Sean Connery, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus.

    Some of these stories will make you laugh...others may shock you.

    A note to parents: adult language is present in this podcast.

  • Episode 56: TGH 56: My Friend, Ben Hogan

    December 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 16 mins
    ben hogan, ben wright, golf, golf history, majors, the masters, the open

    The TalkinGolf History podcast finishes its second season with legendary writer and broadcaster, Ben Wright who spent three decades in the towers of Augusta National broadcasting the Masters.

    Mr. Wright joins us for a series of podcasts kicking off with "My Friend, Ben Hogan" where he talks about his special friendship with Ben Hogan and how he saw every single shot Ben Hogan hit to claim the 1953 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    What was it like to see Hogan at his very best?

    A story about Jack Nicklaus crying at the Open.

    Ben Wright hitting irons while being watched by Ben Hogan.

    This is a must listen to episode...and the good news...there are at least 2 more interviews with Ben Wright coming!!!

  • Episode 55: TGH 55: The History of Perry Maxwell

    November 23rd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 13 mins
    golf, golf course architecture, golf design, golf history, perry maxwell, prairie dunes

    The Golf Course Architecture Magician of the Midwest had the marvelous ability to shape the land in such a way that it would appear that it had to be Nature's work - it has been said that you wont find 18 better greens in the world, than you will find at the Maxwell Masterpiece - Prairie Dunes County Club. Prairie Dunes, much like Perry Maxwell somehow sits under the radar- both the club and the man were gamechangers for golf design in America, built upon the traditions of the old Scottish game.

    Download and listen to this ode to Perry Maxwell - the genius of the shadows- perhaps the only man to have completed design work at Pine Valley, Augusta National and Cypress Point.

  • Episode 54: TGH 54: The Masters: The Making of a Major

    November 9th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 26 mins
    augusta national, bobby jones, golf, golf history, golf majors, green jacket, the masters

    We welcome back to the podcast Jeff Martin, golf researcher and founder of Thinking About Golf. After to listening to Episode #3, Jeff decided to do some research - little did he know that his research would encompass hundreds of hours to get to the very root of the questions;
    When did the The Augusta National Invitational become the Masters?
    When did the Masters become a Major Championship?
    And the search for the lost apostrophe...

    Listen in and learn more about what is usually the first major of the year and in 2020 will be the last major of the year.

  • Episode 53: TGH 53: The Evolution of Augusta Part 2: Holes 10-18

    November 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 30 mins
    alister mackenzie, augusta national, bobby jones, golf, golf design, the masters

    On this episode of TalkinGolf History, the gentlemen from Evalu18 dive into the second nine of Augusta National and how it has evolved since its inception. We end this show discussing what if anything we might recommend in terms of restoring ANGC.

  • Episode 52: TGH 52: The Evolution of Augusta National Part 1

    November 2nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 28 mins
    alister mackenzie, august national, bobby jones, green jacket, the masters

    On this episode of TalkinGolf History we are joined by Jasper Miner and Joe McDonnell of Evalu18 to discuss the evolution of Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones' masterpiece, Augusta National Golf Club. In part one we dive into the first 9 holes and how they have evolved over the past 87 years.

    In Episode 53 we will discuss the final 9 holes at Augusta National.

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  • Episode 51: TGH 51: A Haunting on the Links

    October 24th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 15 mins
    ghost, ghost stories, haunted, haunted golf, haunted house, scary golf

    What was that noise? Did you know that this place is haunted?
    Whether its floating apparitions, a voice out of no where or things moving seemingly by themselves - this podcast recounts the stories of real golfers telling their paranormal experiences on the links. Stories of murder, peg legged ghost and singing spectres will follow.

    It is our pleasure to welcome back to the podcast golf historian & author, Anthony Pioppi to discuss the book he co-authored with Chris Gonsalves, "Haunted Golf: Spirted Tales from the Rough."

    Music produced by David Fesliyan at

  • Episode 50: TGH 50: Saint Andrew's Golf Club

    October 15th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 32 mins
    golf history, jack nicklaus, john reid, st andrew's, usga

    Saint Andrew's Golf Club in New York is known as the club of many firsts - it is the seed that grew golf across the United States. We dive into the history of one of the five founding clubs of the USGA and how a three hole course in a cow pasture helped start a golf craze that spread across the United States.